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top-down

adjective [before noun]
 
 
/ˌtɒpˈdaʊn/ US   /ˈtɑːp-/ MANAGEMENT
starting from the highest levels or from the most general ideas of an organization, system, plan, etc.: Staff were not happy with the top-down approach to managment of the new CEO. The attempt to impose top-down decisions was resisted at every level. This report follows a top-down model in its assessment of the problems we face. → Compare bottom-up
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